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Fifth World Shakespeare Conference
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0346  Wednesday, 11 June 2008

From:               Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:               Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Subject:            Shakespeare Society of Eastern India

Fifth World Shakespeare Conference will be run by the Shakespeare Society of 
Eastern India, in Kolkata, 14-16 December 2008.

After tremendous success in the First World Shakespeare Conference (in 2000), 
Second World Shakespeare Conference (2002 ), third World Shakespeare Conference 
in (2004), and Fourth World Shakespeare Conference(2006) we in collaboration 
with Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata are going to organise the Fifth World 
Shakespeare Conference at Jarosanko. Thakur Bari (Birth Place of Rabindra Nath 
Tagore and Rabindra Bharati University Campus) in Kolkata, India from December 
14th  to December 16th 2008. Key note address, Plenaries, parallel sessions and 
Cultural programmes and performances will be presented on seminar days. The 
general theme of the conference will be Re-Presenting Shakespeare, and it is 
intended that this Shakespeare Conference will explore certain themes, 
concentrating in particular on Shakespeare in the Globe & Globalised Shakespeare.

Recent trend of Shakespeare Studies is to largely reinterrogate the iconic 
version of the Elizabethan poet and dramatist, thereby dismantling the 
traditional stereotyping of cultural texts. Shakespeare as a British poet served 
to hegemonize an imperial model of critical reading. But reinterpretations of 
Shakespeare throughout the world seem to deflect traditional readings of 
Shakespeare. British Shakespeare has been therefore transformed into multiple 
Shakespeares. In the emerging terrain of culture studies, alternative 
re-readings of Shakespeare have subverted the traditional critiquing of 
Shakespeare. This year's conference to be held on 13-16 December, 2008 and it 
will negotiate the problematics associated with readings of Shakespeare in terms 
of multiple cultural variants in a global context. Central theme of the World 
Shakespeare Conference 2008 will be Shakespeare in the Globe and Globalised 
Shakespeare . It will therefore seek to address the following issues:

* Shakespeare in Translation /Adaptations /Appropriations
* Shakespeare in Stage Performance
* Pan Asian Shakespeare: folk and classical performance modes
* Shakespeare and Culture Studies
* Comparative Shakespeare
* Political Shakespeare
* Multi Cultural Shakespeare
* Shakespeare and New Interpretations
* Shakespeare and Film
* Shakespeare in the Classroom
* Interdisciplinary Shakespeare: IT, Media and Advertisement, Law, 
Communication, Business and Corporate Sector Uses

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send an abstract of your 
paper on the above theme/s (not less than 500 words) to one of the following 
addresses by e-mail:

Professor Amitava Roy (President, SSEI): 
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Dr Subir Dhar (Secretary, SSEI): 
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Dr Debnarayan Bandyopadhyay (Convener): 
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The deadline for sending the abstract is July 15, 2008

Please note that as we receive a vast number of abstracts for the World 
Shakespeare Conference, we have to perforce make a selection from these 
submissions. Final selections will be intimated to you by July 30, 2008. Full 
papers will have to be received by us latest by October 15, 2008.

The registration fees for participants for outside India wishing to present a 
paper is $ 180/- (inclusive of Seminar Kit, business lunch and dinner from 14th 
to 16th). For Members of accredited and Registered Shakespeare Societies from 
any part of the World a 20% discount on registration fees is obtainable. For 
accommodation (if required) please write to us for a list of hotels in Kolkata 
ranging from Budget to Multiple-star quality. Registration fees for observer 
(not presenting papers) for the Seminar is $ 120/-  per person.

You may send your abstract (with a hard Copy and a Soft Copy in Word Format) and 
queries by surface mail to:

* Professor Amitava Roy, President, SSEI
Shakespeare Professor of English, Rabindra Bharati University.
6A Maharaja Nanda Kumar Road, Kolkata, WB 700029

* Dr Subir Dhar, Honorary General Secretary, SSEI
Department of English, and Member, Faculty Council, Rabindra Bharati University.
AL 69, Salt Lake, Sector II,Kolkata, WB 700091

* Dr D. N. Bandyopadhyay, Convener, World Shakespeare Conference,
Department of English, Burdwan University.
20 Chandranath Chatterjee Street, Kolkata, WB 700025


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